City Engineer

Expiring today

Fort Collins, Colorado
$106,765.00 - 177,942.00
Aug 17, 2021
Sep 20, 2021
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POSITION TITLE:  City Engineer   (Full-Time Regular) (Unclassified Management)
REQUISITION #:  req3918
DEPARTMENT:  Engineering
BENEFIT CATEGORY: Unclassified Management View Classifications & Benefits
EMPLOYMENT TYPE:  Full-Time Regular
ANNUAL SALARY RANGE:   $106,765.00 - 177,942.00 (Salaries are paid biweekly)
SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. MT on 9/6/2021.

You will receive an email acknowledgment when you have successfully submitted an application. Your completed application will be forwarded to the hiring manager. You will be notified if you are selected for further testing or interviews. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. The status of your application will be updated in your applicant profile. Post-offer background check required.

The Community:  The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European-American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included the sugar beet industry's growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia. Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the university, the city’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The City’s long list of acknowledgements includes:  

  • No. 5 Best Remote-Ready Cities: Jan 2021
  • Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite – May 2020
  • No. 18 Safest Cities in America: SafeWise – April 2020
  • No. 1 Best Place to Live: March 2020
  • No. 9 Most Fitness Friendly Places: SmartAsset – Dec 2019
  • No. 7 Safest Driving Cities: Allstate – June 2019
  • No. 4 Best U.S. Cities to Raise a Family: MarketWatch – April 2019
  • No. 9 Best Performing Cities: Milken Institute – Jan 2019
  • No. 3 U.S. Cities with Highest Economic Confidence: Yahoo – Nov 2018
  • No. 2 Brain Concentration Index: Bloomberg – Nov 2018
  • No. 1 City in America for Cycling: PeopleForBikes-May 2018
  • Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award: Alliance for Innovation-April 2018
  • The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award-Nov 2017
  • 18th Best City for Career Opportunities: SmartAsset – Sep 2017
  • 3rd Best College Town to Live in Forever: College Ranker – July 2017
  • 25 Best Towns Ever: Where to Live Now: Outside Magazine – June 2017
  • No. 1 Stable and Growing Housing Market: 2017
  • 11th Happiest City in America: Yahoo! Finance - March 2017
  • No. 9 Top 150 Cities for Millennials Report: Millennial Personal Finance - Feb 2017
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Small Business Owners: ValuePenguin – Feb 2017

Why Work For the City of Fort Collins?

  • Medical, dental, vision (for self, spouse, children) – eligible on the 1st of the month following date of hire
  • Paid vacation, paid holidays, and sick
  • Retirement + company contributions – after 6 month probation period and immediate vesting
  • Flexible spending: Medical expenses FSA, dependent FSA or both
  • Employee Assistance Program: counseling, legal, financial assistance 
  • Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability 
  • Wellness program, workout facilities 
  • Employee/family onsite health clinic 
  • Personal & professional learning opportunities including supervisory and leadership development; plus career mobility
  • Collaborative work environment

Job Summary

Work related to the master planning, design, construction, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure, including streets, alleys, and bridges and of water utility systems including water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, storm drainage and detention, and floodplain management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all inclusive.

  • Administers multiple engineering and construction contracts for the duration of the project. Directs and manages the preparation of reports, contract documents, plans, design and construction schedules and studies; establishing and implementing standards for project record keeping and accounting; endorsing payment to design engineers, consultants, contactors, and testing laboratories; managing project budget, anticipating financial changes, maintaining records, and negotiating claims.
  • Directs engineering design parameters, provides design critique and refinements during design and construction of multiple projects.
  • Collaborates with operating division personnel to identify division needs and coordinates work effort to meet those needs.
  • Acts as liaison between agencies, property owners, project personnel, City departments, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, design and construction management teams, consultant's design engineers, engineering manager, and resident project representative.
  • Acts as main point of public contact for capital projects; develops and disseminates information in written and oral form.
  • Issues professional opinions to operating divisions concerning engineering practices and standards. Investigates problems and recommends solutions that address division needs.
  • Directs the preparation of contract documents, manage bidding, and execute contract administration.
  • Coordinates with utilities and agencies for information and scheduling of engineering and construction related activities.
  • Initiates financial, approval, and permitting process with federal, state, local and private entities. Secures permits and monitors compliance with all applicable regulations.
  • Administers and participates on committees to select professional for engineering and construction services
  • Negotiates and recommends approval of changes orders to engineering and construction contracts.

Management Responsibilities


City Competencies

  • Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in ways of learning for self to continue adapting to changing issues and trends.
  • A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers, and to create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations.
  • A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and teamwork.
  • Experience building teams and implementing practices to lead others well in an inclusive, high-performance organization. Skill in integrating and synthesizing others’ viewpoints to build alignment of diverse perspectives to achieve results.
  • Capable of creating conditions of emotional safety and demonstrates self-awareness and regulation in responding to others.
  • Capable of systems thinking to see interdependent relationships and recognize multiple causes and effects of community issues, to predict or anticipate the consequences of policy decisions, and to community and organizational resources.
  • Strong ability to assess alternatives in terms of their financial, revenue, social, environmental, and strategic advantages and disadvantages and propose solutions.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of engineering practices and procedures, including design and construction, and ability to apply full scope of theory, principles, concepts, and methodologies.
  • Advanced knowledge of federal, state, local and trade organization codes and standards, and regulatory guidelines; thorough knowledge and understanding in a specialized field; and having mastered technique, practice and theories.
  • Knowledge of contract development and management
  • Acts as resource to higher level employees, troubleshooting difficult issues across diverse work groups and/or the public; impact of decisions likely have significant impacts on operations, service, and or program objectives.
  • Responsible for setting strategic direction of the work groups and larger organization, developing and selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Ability to provide clear and effective verbal, written, and graphic communication addressing a wide audience on complicated engineering issues
  • Ability to recognize and implement best practices; with a focus on developing and/or improving work processes.
  • Manages projects, developing project scope, allocating resources, and measuring service delivery.
  • Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, City Council, City Boards and Commissions, developers, and the public
  • Ability provide clear and effective verbal, written and graphic communication addressing a wide audience, and in response to difficult situations and requests. Communications include presentations to groups, leadership, and City Council.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet established deadlines and exercising independent judgment to complete an assignment.
  • Ability to effectively manage/resolve conflicts, utilizing various problem solving techniques.
  • Ability to deal with stressful working conditions and situations, and handle political issues with tact and professionalism.
  • Ability to understand, interpret and explain municipal ordinance, contract documents, design criteria, and specifications.

Required Education


Education Level


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university Civil Engineering or related field

Experience Requirements

  • 6-10 years management experience with demonstrated progressive responsibilities including five years experience managing/supervising professional level managers.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

Certifications/Licenses/Specialized Training

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado required within three years of assuming position.

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City Engineer

The City of Fort Collins will make reasonable accommodations for access to City services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6535 for assistance.

Notice Regarding Medical and/or Recreational Marijuana Use:
Because the possession and use of marijuana, whether for medical use or otherwise, constitutes a federal offense and because the City is a drug free workplace, the City will not accommodate the medical use of marijuana and enforces written policy prohibiting working for the City while marijuana is in the body.  The fact that state law recognizes medical marijuana as a prescribed, or otherwise permitted, medication does not alter or otherwise change this policy.

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this City policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality.


Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.


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